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MJF Announces 2016 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra Members

All-star big band consists of 21 high school musicians

The Monterey Jazz Festival has announced the members of its 2016 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, an all-star big band consisting of 21 high school musicians from six states and two nations, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Texas and Israel.

The orchestra, which includes three returning members-trombonists Jasim Perales (Berkeley High School; Berkeley, Calif.) and Ethan Santos (Buchanan High School; Clovis, Calif.); and trumpeter Carlos Ramos (Downey High School; Downey, Calif.)-will rehearse in Monterey prior to a two-week tour of Japan, playing a show in Carmel, Calif., at the Folktale Winery on July 22. In Japan, the orchestra will perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival in Noto on July 30; the Tokyo TUC Jazz Club on Aug. 3; and the Tomisato Jazz Festival on Aug. 5. More shows and cultural exchange programs will take place at the Yanagi Gakuen and Teikyo high schools.

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